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The new test does not adjust scores for age or gender, unlike the current test. It also adds exercises including dead lifts, sprints with 40-pound weights, power throws and a 2-mile run, among other new tasks.
I think I can pass the Army test. NOT the SEAL test. Can't bang out 100 pushups right now.
The army test is really intended as a minimum set of fitness standards for the uniformed soldier - that included those who will never see combat (not that they or their jobs are unimportant - their tireless efforts and resourcefulness saved my butt many times). Combat units are (and should be) held to a higher standard and the new test is more of a warm up than a challenge for certain elite units (75th Rangers, SF units, etc.).
The published SEAL minimums are not even real minimums. If you show up thinking you can "get by" with the minimum, you've already failed - physically and (more importantly) mentally.
You will "fail" (be pushed beyond your limits) at something. The idea is who will refuse to quit when it looks like there is no hope. The basic concept is that you need a certain minimum level of "fitness" (speed, strength, endurance, etc.) in order to be an elite performer, but much more importantly, we need to know that when things are at their worst, you will continue to fight and cover your buddy's ass.